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I must say that if anything this whisky is slightly underwhelming through the nose and the palate, however the balance and finish bring it through to the level of enjoyment which one can appreciate on a winter's evening...
Nose: At first a hint of olive is present, which is then hidden away by a smokey aroma that develops into a lingering array of spices, mainly Salt and Peppers.
Palate: the first drop to touch the tongue gives a short lived sweetness of pears and possibly a very feint citrus sensation. Overwhelming notes of peppers and other spices.
Finish: The finish is medium in length with the senses mainly experiencing a salt and pepper. I think the low level of sweetness from the pear and citrus from possibly a lemon, drags the bitterness from the S&P and ABV% to a quick halt.
All in all, this whisky I consider to be highlighted by its balance, the S&P flavour and aromas drown out most other sensations, the pear would have been better to be brought further forward and to linger on the palate just that little bit longer. Some added complexity and layers would have made for further interest.